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Seismic Crimes Paperback – April 22, 2016
- "Action packed is the only way to describe this exciting, sizzling love, and adventure story! Between the steamy private scenes and the made-for-TV shoot outs and natural disasters, there is adventure that keeps your heart pumping on every page." ~ Readers' Favorite
- "Watch [Beth and Donovan's] relationship grow, even during times of stress and learn to appreciate the writing prowess of author Chrys Fey in Seismic Crimes." ~ Tome Tender, reviewer
- "This is a fast paced, action packed book that is hard to put down. The earthquake scenes are graphic and the reader really gets a clear image, although terrifying as it is written extremely well." ~ LLEP Review Team
- "The well-choreographed, sexy scenes between the two main characters will keep readers turning the pages as much as the chase and fight scenes do. Fey handles each of these intimate scenes amazingly well, setting a high bar for steamy romance writers." ~ C. Lee McKenzie, author
- "SEISMIC CRIMES is an action-packed novel that contains a little bit of everything. There's the suspense of a crime-fighting story, the adventure of surviving natural disasters, and the passion of romance." ~ Sherry Ellis, author
- "Hurricane Crimes by Chrys Fey is a pure delight. It is a romance first and a suspense novella second, but both are combined in a perfect formula for a wonderful afternoon's reading." ~ Readers' Favorite
- "The characters were interesting as well as appealing. There was a lot of chemistry between Beth and Donovan." ~ Romance Bookworms Reviews
- "Chrys Fey does a magnificent job of starting her short story with the tension needed to hook and keep the reader reading. Her descriptive prose puts the reader with Beth as the dangerous winds escalate, the water rises, and darkness falls." ~ Yolanda Renee, author
- "Short, tense and a perfect way to test out a new romantic suspense series, LIGHTNING CRIMES by Chrys Fey is a quick escape with an electric charge in the air!" ` Tome Tender, book blog reviewer
- "Ms. Fey's strong and compelling visual storytelling coupled with the overwhelming uncertainty facing Beth and Donovan make this a powerhouse novel." ~ InD'Tale
- "As much as I want to say "oh come on, again? Really?" I can't. Chrys Fey is just that good of a writer. These two characters have been in so many disasters that it should be laughable, but the stories are well written, captivating and they grab the reader and draw them in." ~ Amazon Reviewer
- "One tough, yet amazingly intuitive woman and her ever-protective husband and lover will once again stand up to the evil that threatens all they have. TSUNAMI CRIMES is fast-paced, and Ms. Fey's ability to bring the internal fight for survival during a rogue tsunami to life is frighteningly realistic." ~ Tome Tender, book blog reviewer
- "They have survived before, but this time they may not be so lucky...because nowhere is safe when evil comes calling." ~ Tome Tender, book blog reviewer
- "The Disaster Crimes Series has the potential to be a terrific series that is spell-binding and [will] have readers on the edge of their seats." ~ InD'tale Magazine
From the Author
1. How did you come up with the idea to write a series involving natural disasters, crime, and romance?
At first I didn't have the idea. I published Hurricane Crimes and thought that was it. Then a couple readers expressed wanting to know what happened before and after Hurricane Crimes. I pondered a sequel and realized that the story wasn't over...a killer was still at large. As soon as I thought of the second book, the idea of a series bloomed, and I knew they would all feature a different disaster and contain what I love about romantic-suspense stories: crime and romance.
2. How does your work differ from others of its genre?
There are countless romantic-suspense stories, and several take place during a storm, but not many authors have used natural disasters as a continuing theme. Not only that, but on top of the disasters there are also crimes of nearly every kind, which is why my collection is known as the Disaster Crimes Series.
3. The earthquake scene was so realistic. Have you ever experienced an earthquake firsthand?
I have never experienced an earthquake. The closest I got to this was the Disaster! ride at Universal Studios. While you're sitting in a subway train, there's an earthquake and a water main breaks, sending a wave of water toward you. I remember sitting on the side where the water comes and thinking it was going to go over my head.
4. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I am fascinated by disasters, so I enjoyed learning all about earthquakes: the science behind them, real firsthand accounts, and the aftermath to cities. I created pages and pages of notes.
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Beth and Donovan meet during a hurricane in Florida. The town she lives is is recommended to evacuate, but for a variety of reasons she is not able to. She prepares her house for the approaching hurricane in hopes to try to weather the storm when she looks outside and sees a car careening down the street and it hits into a tree. Concerned, she goes to see if she can offer help and meets Donovan, who she aids in his injuries and has him come into her house. She sees that he is wanted for the murder of his brother, but after he tells is side of the story, she starts to believe he is not the murderer the press is making him out to believe.
That story ends with them being able to find and kill one of his brother's murderers but the second one is still on the loose.
Seismic Crimes begins where basically Hurricane Crimes ends. It gives a little background in case one didn't read the first book in the series. Donovan is on a mission to find the second killer of his brother, and Beth is on a mission to be with him, them having fallen in love over the short course of the first book. Their search for the killer finds them in San Francisco, where in the midst of the search a terrible devastating earthquake occurs. Won't spoil the rest of the book but basically all ends well, except for an ominous phone call Beth gets at the very end of the book.
My take, I liked both books; I enjoyed that Seismic Crimes was longer and went into more character description; got to know Donovan and Beth more in the second book. Chrys writes very descriptively and I felt I was there during the earthquake with the ground shaking. I would definitely recommend both books. They are romance based books and I will give the caveat that there are some lovemaking scenes in the book. I look forward to wherever the series goes next in Chrys' writings with disaster and will definitely read what is next to keep up with the doings of Beth and Donovan.
Beth and Donovan begin a life together and are happy with the comfort and, steamy, pleasure they bring one another, but it’s clear that they both issues and pasts that could threaten what they have if they don’t deal with them honestly. Plus, Donovan is having a difficult time accepting that, with such time constraints weighing on his desire to capture is brother’s killer, Beth is his best shot of even getting close.
There are some, what I feel are, ‘battle of the sexes’ tropes at play in this story. Some I feel are handled wonderfully, while others have left me a bit confused. Beth gets the crap beat out of her, but she doesn’t go down easy. She’s a fighter. Big strong Donovan is forced to rely, not only on another person but, a woman more than once. But after the earthquake and the resulting aftershocks roll in, the experience of the two main characters is so different that I wonder if it was intentional.
When Beth is alone, trying to get back to Donovan, all she sees and experiences is more disaster. She’s mostly just running for her life, having no time to really look for Donovan. Aside from providing her own self-defense, she isn’t able to really help anyone else. Donovan, on the other hand, sees disaster and runs to it like Superman. Left and right, he’s saving people. There’s nothing wrong with either of these experiences, but it would have been nice to see Beth save someone.
Still, all in all, a wonderfully intense and solid crime drama. Will definitely continue the series.
Recommended to adult readers of crime thrillers and romantic suspense.
Although this is the second book in a series, Fey quickly catches the reader up with Donovan and Beth as they enter the police station after the hurricane featured in the first book, Hurricane Crimes, and Donovan is cleared of his brother’s murder. Yet there seems to be nothing he can do to help the police find the corrupt officer responsible for his brother’s death.
After riding out the end of the storm at the police station, Beth moves in with Donovan, as her house was destroyed in the first book. As the two begin to draw closer, Donovan becomes more obsessed with finding his brother’s killer, which puts a strain on their new and budding relationship and eventually, leads the couple to San Francisco. And that’s where the action begins as the two arrive shortly before a massive earthquake.
Seismic Crimes is different from most romance novels, as the hero and heroine have already confessed their love to one another…but did they confess too soon? Will a natural disaster bring them closer? Or tear them apart?
Fey does a good job of building suspense and putting the reader in the middle of the action, while continuing to build on the relationship between Donovan and Beth.
For those who love action, adventure, romance, and suspense, this book will be right up your alley.